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COPP Heroes News 4 - October 2012
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Portsmouth NewsPortsmouth News, Friday 28 September 2012

BBC NewsBBC News, 28 September 2012

Website page with video




MOD NewsMinistry of Defence News, 2 October 2012

Website page

Read as pdf



Royal Navy NewsRoyal Navy News, Friday 28 September 2012

Website page



Royal Navy NewsMarine Link, 3 October 2012

Website page



Jim Booth and Dan SnowThe Herald, 12 October 2012
Commando VeteransCommando Veterans website with more images of dedication ceremony
You TubeJim Booth's speech at the dedication ceremony on You Tube

TimesThe Times 20 October 2012


Mayor's blogMayor of Havant's blog about the dedication ceremony
FacebookFacebook page for Hayling COPP Heroes Memorial
Jim Booth and Dan SnowDan Snow from the BBC and Jim Booth at the RN Subhmarine Museum, Gosport

A 16 page booklet has been produced about the COPP Heroes by the Discover Hayling team.
If you would like a copy, please send an A5 envelope with a first class stamp, to COPP Heroes Memorial Fund, c/o 50 Bacon Lane, Hayling Island, PO11 0DW and a cheque made payable to COPP Heroes Memorial Fund for £2.00

COPP BookletBooklet
Combined Ops websiteIf you are interested in more details about Combined Operations, please see the very comprehensive website
Special Forces Roll of HonourSpecial Forces Roll of Honour website includes a large section on COPP and its heroes. Some of the images on the Copp Heroes website have been kindly provided by John Robertson of the Special Forces website.
Memorial Grove ROH The Allied Special Forces website has a Roll of Honour page for COPP

Memorial Grove ROH COPP Survey website has been set up by Rob Crane, grandson of Major Jack Crane of COPP 1

Britain at WarRead the article about the COPP Heroes - Britain at War - May 2011

Newspaper article Read the article from the Daily Mail, July 2011 about COPP and Jim Booth


Special Forces Heroes

Special Forces Heroes by Lord Ashcroft - includes details about Sergeant Bruce Ogden-Smith of COPP 1 who reconnoitred the D Day landing beaches. See

The Imperial War Museum houses Lord Ashcroft's collection of gallantry medals awarded to servicemen for Special Forces or Commando type operations. These medals include those of Sergeant Bruce Ogden-Smith

Secret Invaders
The Secret Invaders - book by Bill Strutton and Michael Pearson about how the COPPists were trained, and how they carried out the reconnaissance of enemy beaches. It has a forward by Lord Mountbatten and it was first published in 1958. Second hand copies of it are available from or

A digital version is also available from Internet Archive as part of Project Gutenberg as a pdf (15MB) and also as a text version (0.5MB)

Steathily by Night
Steathily by Night - The Coppists Clandestine Beach Reconnaissance and Operations in World War II by Ian Trenowden. Second hand copies of this are available from or
Survey by Starlight
Survey by Starlight - An account of the exploits of COPP 5 by Ralph Neville (pseudonym for Ralph Stanbury of COPP 5). Second hand copies of this are available from or
Prelude to Assault
Prelude to Assault by Ralph Neville (pseudonym for Ralph Stanbury of COPP 5)- previously published as Survey by Starlight - see above. Second hand copies of this are available from or
Half Seas Under
Half Seas Under by Ruari McLean of COPP 7.
Aavailable from or
Sailor's Luck
Sailor's Luck by G Hall of COPP 7 - published in 1999
Available from or